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Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam
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Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Johannesburg
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Elephant Sanctuary has African elephants and offers an interactive elephant experience, elephant back riding and overnight accommodation. We offer hands-on educational elephant interactions. This provides our guests with a far more intimate experience with the elephants. Our dedicated staff is committed to the use of positive reinforcement elephant training methods and as a result we have relaxed elephants who enjoy interacting with our guests.Guests are guided on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary. Guides will provide in-depth information and insight into African Elephants. You will be introduced to our elephants in the forest area, and here you will be able to touch and interact with the elephants. You will see the special relationship that the elephant handlers share with their elephants and become a part of it. Walk trunk-in-hand with the elephants. See the stables where the elephants sleep at night. Guests learn about elephant anatomy and are able to feed them. Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera. The 08h00 Elephant Experience includes brushing the elephants down.Open 7 days a week, at 08h00; 10h00 and 14h00.
Curitiba, PR
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Get in touch!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

In this place you have a chance to know an Elephant closely. You'll be able to touch it, see its mouth, try the skin texture, feed them... You have an option to ride in the Elephants (but it's only together with the guide - bad for pics) and after that you'll have an Elephant biology class that is quite interesting. then you can have a coffee and buy some souvenirs. Do not miss this oportunity if you are around.

Visited June 2013
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Kent, United Kingdom
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“Magical Elephant Interaction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

There was no better way to spend a morning than at the Elephant Sanctuary!

The tour guide was very informative and the handlers amazing! It's beautiful to see genuine care between the handler and the elephant.

The location is beautiful, very peaceful and nicely put together.

I left that morning after having truly fallen in love with the beautiful creatures in addition to the new understanding of the elephants themselves.

Thank MizSashaDean
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Columbiaville, Michigan, United States
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85 reviews
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“Awesome experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

This was our second time visiting the Elephant Sanctuary. This time our son got to ride on one of the elephants and he enjoyed it thoroughly! The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. One gets to learn many aspects of elephants one would never have known. The gist store and restaurant are also good. We loved the experience!

Visited June 2013
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Better Than Expected”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

While we had a good idea of what to expect, we were really surprised and thoroughly enjoyed the educational aspect of the sanctuary. Our guide for the day was Simba, who clearly enjoys his job and enjoys teaching his guests about the animals he works with everyday. The first 20-30 minutes of the experience is getting educated about the elephants you are about to meet. After the educational portion, you can feed the elephants (who are waiting somewhat patiently behind you during the educational portion). After you feed the elephants, you are walk to another area and meet two more elephants, where you are encouraged by their handler to put your hands on them and feel different parts of them, literally from trunk to tail (Who knew the bottom of an elephants foot was silky smooth?). You may even get a "kiss" from your elephant, and if you are, try to be the first one to get one... to be surprised is better!

We had a great time, and the knowledge the money spent supports the animals welfare and hopefully a return to the wild some day, it's definitely an experience not to be missed.

Visited October 2013
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Western Cape, South Africa
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43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Day Trip to the Elephant Sanctuary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

I National Tour Guide and Operarator and recently took tourist from the States to the Sanctuary they had an absolutely amazing morning with the elephants and after the interaction we had a lovely 3 course meal to end the afternoon. I will highly recommend this tour, even for locals although it might seem pricey it is really worth the effort, if you take what goes into helping these elephants , feeding and funding the sanctuary it was money well spent. Keep up the good work !

Visited September 2013
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